• Post-Graduate Certificate of Higher Education Teaching and Learning, University of Lincoln, 2015.
  • Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, 2009.
  • M.Res. in Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, 2004.
  • B.A. (Hons) First Class in Politics and French, University of Leeds, 2002.
Academic career and teaching activities
  • University of Trento, Italy, School of International Studies, Associate Professor in Political Sociology, October 2017-present.
  • University of Lincoln, School of Social and Political Sciences, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, September 2015-present.
  • University of Lincoln, School of Social and Political Sciences, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, January 2013-August 2015.
  • Research Assistant for Italy, Subterranean Politics in Europe project, February 2012-April 2012.
  • Course Lecturer, Boston University Center for Italian and European Studies, October 2005-December 2005.
  • Parliamentary Researcher to Phillip Whitehead MEP, European Parliament, September 2002-July 2003.
Research interests

European Union - participation, democracy, civil society; social movements; global environmental politics and governance; political ecology.

Research work
  • Research Fellow, BENELEX ERC project, November 2013-present (concludes October 2018). Working papers, publications and further information available at
  • Research Südtirol/Alto Adige 2019 grant awarded to the project ‘Climate change integration in the multilevel governance of Italy and Austria: policy-making and implementation in selected subnational policies’, leader of the University of Trento research team.
  • University of Trento research grant awarded to PI Marco Pertile, member of research team for the project ‘The World Health Organization in the Covid-19 emergency: functions, limits, and impacts on the ground’. May 2021.
  • Supervisor for Marie Curie projects: Dr Suay Ozkula, May 2021 (May 2021-April 2023, Dr Elsa Tsioumani, Sept. 2021-August 2023).
Memberships in societies and scientific committees
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Member (elected) of the Steering Committee of the ECPR Standing group on Participation and Mobilization, January 2021 – present.
  • Co-coordinator (elected), European Sociological Association Research Network 32 (Political Sociology), since September 2021.
  • Member of the Italian Association of Sociology.
  • Member of the Italian Society of Political Science.
  • Member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association (UK).
Awards and honours
  • Shortlisted for the Hart-SLSA book prize for Benefit-sharing from the bottom up: local experiences of a global concept.
  • International Relations: course of the year, Lincoln University Students’ Union Award, 2016.
  • European Research Council Starting Grant awarded to Prof. Elisa Morgera, £267,502 associated to BENELEX research fellow Parks, 2013.
  • University of Lincoln College Research Fund, £2000, 2013.
  • Studentship at the European University Institute, Department for Education and Skills, 2003.
Conferences and lectures


  • Panel chair (with Prof. Antonietta Cammarota), ‘Ecologia e Politica’, Convegno sezione di sociologia politica AIS ‘Politica e societa nell’era post-Covid 19, il ruolo pubblico della sociologia politica’ (virtual) 7-8 October 2021.
  • Section organizer, ‘Mobilizing in a Polarized World: Social Movements and Political Participation in a Global Pandemic’, Panel Chair, ‘New constellations of contention? Who protests in the pandemic and why’. ECPR General Conference (virtual) 30 August-3 September 2021.
  • Panel co-chair, ‘The Covid-19 Pandemic and the Emergency Policies: a Renewed Role for the State?’, presenter, paper presenter in RN 12 Environment and Society (with Elsa Tsioumani), European Sociological Association 15th Annual Conference (virtual) 30 August-3 September 2021.
  • Panel discussant, ‘Back to the Westminster Model? The Impact of Brexit on the UK Political System’, ECPR Standing Group on the European Union, 10th Conference of the SGEU (virtual) 10-12 June 2021.
  • Paper presenter, ‘The ‘New’ Climate Activism: Contemporary Trajectories and Political Consequences’ ECPR Joint Sessions of workshops, 25-28 May 2021.
  • Panel organizer, chair and presenter, ‘Impacts of Environmental Participation’ at ESA RN 25 conference ‘Back to the Future? European Progressions and Retrogressions’, National University of Ireland Maynooth (virtual), 28-30 October 2020.
  • Panel organizer and chair (with Fabio Mostaccio), ‘Ecologia politica: attivismo, politiche e saperi’, AIS Sociologica Politica mid-term conference ‘crisi della democrazia e salute globale – le trasformazioni della politica nell’epoca della globalizzazione dei rischi’, Universita’ di Messina (virtual), 8-9 ottobre 2020.
  • Panel chair and discussant, ‘Participation for Environmental Democracy’ and discussant, ‘Current Research on Climate Activism in Europe’, ECPR General Conference, held online, 24-28 August 2020.
  • Moderator, ‘Il dibattito pubblico in prospettiva multilivello: tra mito partecipativo e prassi istituzionale’, Verona, 30-31 January 2020.
  • Panel organiser, ‘The co-responsibility of local actors in the governance of natural resources’, 6th conference of the Coodinamento Universitario per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo, ‘Cittadinanza e Beni Comuni’, Trento, 19-21 September 2019.
  • Section co-organiser (with Prof. Carlo Ruzza), ‘Transnational Contention: Movements and Interest Groups in the EU’. Standing Group on the European Union of the European Consortium for Political Research conference, ‘Contradictions – Whither the Political, Economic and Social Integration of Europe?’ Sciences Po, Paris, June 2018.
  • Final workshop of the ‘ResponsiveGov’ project, Sciences Po, Paris, February 2018.
  • Keynote speech (with Prof. Elisa Morgera), YHYS Colloquium ‘Environmental Politics, Economy and Knowledge’, University of Turku, November 2017.
  • Guest seminar (invited speaker with Prof. Elisa Morgera) ‘Environment, the law and local communities: an inter-disciplinary discussion of fair and equitable benefit-sharing in international law and political sociology’, Leeds University Centre for Law and Social Justice, November 2017.
  • Highs and Lows of European Integration – 60 years after the Treaty of Rome, University of Trento, November 2017.
  • Practicing the Commons, XVI Biennial IASC Conference, Utrecht, July 2017.
  • 1st National Conference on Commons and Social and Solidarity Economy in Greece, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, May 2017.
  • Guest lecture (invited speaker), How and when can “voice” work? Evidence from European social movement campaigns. College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium and Universite Libre de Bruxelles, April 2017 & April 2018.
  • Economic and Social Research Council Seminar: Understanding the post-crisis landscape: assessing change in economic management, welfare, work and democracy in the context of Brexit, (invited speaker), Brussels, November 2016.
  • European Sociological Association research network 25 midterm conference: friends and foes of social movements: Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, October 2016.
  • British International Studies Association annual conference, Edinburgh, June 2016.
  • Local-global interactions in environmental law and policy, University of Lincoln, May 2016.
  • Democratic participation in a citizens’ Europe (workshop facilitator), University of Liverpool, May 2016.
  • Rights and resources: community engagement with extractive industries (debate facilitator), Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Berlin, April 2016.
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Lancaster, April 2016.
  • Circulation de normes et réseaux d’acteurs dans la gouvernance internationale de l’environnement, Aix-en-Provence, March 2016.
  • Decolonising the academy, University of Edinburgh, February 2016.
  • Fair and Equitable Benefit-Sharing for the Protection and Full Realization of the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities: Challenges and Opportunities in International Law, side event at the Ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Montreal, Canada, November 2015.
  • Exploring Fairness and Equity in Benefit-Sharing Arrangements, side event at the Sixth meeting of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), Rome, Italy, October 2015.
  • Right to Water debate, European Parliament (invited speaker), Brussels, February 2015.
  • European Citizens’ Initiative debate (invited speaker), European Trade Union Institute, Brussels, January 2015.
  • British Political Studies Association annual conference, Sheffield, March 2014.
  • Ius Comune, University of Edinburgh, December 2014.
  • British International Studies Association workshop, University of Sheffield, October 2014.
  • European Consortium for Political Research annual conference, University of Glasgow, September 2014.
  • Alternatives to European executive federalism: civil society, social movements and radical critique (invited speaker), University of Trento, July 2014.
  • Voters, protest and policies: bridging public opinion, social movement outcomes and policy responsiveness research, University of Leicester, June 2014.
  • Guest lecture (invited speaker), Universite Libre de Bruxelles, December 2013.
  • European Sociological Association conference, University of Torino, August 2013.
  • European Consortium for Political Research Joint Sessions, University of Mainz, March 2013.
Other work

Partecipazione e Conflitto (Participation and Conflict), the Open Journal of Sociopolitical Studies, member of editorial board.

Centre on Social Movement Studies, external collaborator.

Member of the Co-Act Research group, University of Trento.

PRX - Political Research Exchange, associate editor since October 2020.